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ITC Grand: Celebrating the Spirit of Goa

With Tempero (seasoning in Portuguese), Kebabs & Kurries and ITC’s award-winning outdoor dining concept, Royal Afghan, the recently opened ITC Grand Goa is all set to welcome the first set of tourists and travelers that march in their favourite destination Goa this season at the Arossim beach

10th December 2018, 03:32 Hrs

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Enveloped in the thick green cover on all three sides and the beach on the fourth, sitting under the canopies of tall green trees, each in their structures are extraordinarily open, spacious and magnificent. Set amidst 45-acres of lush landscape, with direct access to the pristine Arossim beach, the resort exemplifies all the essentials for an invigorating or intimate relaxed getaway. Celebrating the spirit of Goa, this 252-keys beach-side, village-styled resort’s architecture, draws inspiration from the Indo-Portuguese vintage and blends classical elegance with a distinctive regional allure. Offering the flavour of Goa and a warm welcome to all its visitors, ITC Hotels recently announced the opening of its 13th luxury hotel in India, ITC Grand Goa, a luxury collection resort and spa (formerly known as the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa) on Arossim beach in Cansaulim, South Goa.   

ITC Hotels’ customary warmth is reflected in six signature dining options, bespoke experiences curated in indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet spaces and time-honoured Indian wellness principles showcased at the Kaya Kalp - The Royal spa. ITC Grand Goa further reinforces ITC Hotels’ exclusive partnership with The Luxury Collection brand in India.   

“With this resort ITC Hotels has expanded its footprint in a globally sought after leisure destination in Asia. The addition of ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa to our luxury hotel portfolio further reinforces ITC’s vision to consolidate its portfolio in key business and leisure destinations in the country,” announced Nakul Anand, executive director, ITC Ltd while welcoming the media to this royal place that’s hardly half-an-hour’s drive from the airport with rolling fields and coconut tree-lined village roads, that sets the tone for a unique Goan sojourn.   

A look at these well-appointed rooms and suites showcase private outdoor spaces in the form of a balcony or patio providing picturesque views of the Arabian Sea, lush landscaped gardens, lagoons or the multi-level swimming pool. A sense of warmth and space pervades the entire resort with long-winding verandas and alcoves. Wooden floorings, terracotta roofs, subtle textures, verdant landscapes and the cool sea breeze bring alive the spirit of the destination.   

There are six signature brands and dining concepts aimed at presenting indigenous and international tastes, including Kebabs & Kurries-showcasing traditional Indian styles of cooking, Tempero (Portuguese: Seasoning) featuring distinct influences in Goan cooking, Ottimo-pan-Italian cuisine and Pavilion at the Market Place-all day dining featuring Indian and inventive international cuisines. Facing the Arabian Sea, is The Royal Afghan-a seaside barbecue and grill outlet which serves as a perfect venue for small get-togethers or beach parties. Complementing the cuisine showcase is Farol (Portuguese: Lighthouse) the multi-level poolside bar presenting the finest indigenous and international spirits with commanding views of the sea and the landscape.   

Spread across 36,000 sq ft area with ITC’s indigenous spa brand, Kaya Kalp is the Royal Spa where signature treatments highlighting traditional Indian and international therapies is showcased through 16 spa suites. There is a special suit for couples too. A host of recreational activities with indoor and outdoor spaces along with a dedicated kids’ zone that’s overseen by trained professionals provide a fun-filled, safe and enriching experience to 

the children.   

After a 35-year stint in the garden city of Bengaluru, ITC Hotels’ award-winning outdoor dining concept, Royal Afghan, establishes its second abode on the shores of Goa. The outdoor barbecue and grill outlet offers robust flavours from the Tandoor and fresh bounty from the sea, cooked to perfection in clay ovens and over sizzling grills. The ambience bears an elegant, yet minimalistic look with earthen tableware, reminiscent of the rustic charm of the dining experience. The fare comprises a wide selection of Kebabs, for vegetarian and non-vegetarian diners and fresh seafood presented in the 

‘Catch of the Day’.   

Tempero (Portuguese, meaning: Seasoning) is a celebration of a unique cooking style ‘seasoned’ with Portuguese influences; a predominant representation of Goan cuisine today. Tempero endeavours to present some of these distinct influences in Goan cooking through signature recipes of seafood, vegetables and meat, tempered with local spices. The culinary showcase is complemented by the elegant setting of the restaurant, built to represent a Portuguese home.   

Kebabs & Kurries offers the originality and evolution of multiple, traditional Indian styles of cooking to create great curries along with the most exquisite kebabs. The restaurant showcases Indian heritage cuisine, fine-tuned through years of research. The menu is based on authentic styles of cooking kebabs and traditional styles of making curries across the four main ingredients: vegetables, seafood, lamb and chicken.   

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